Lupus and Laryngitis Link??

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Elsie Mae
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   Posted 3/9/2013 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
     I have had slightly more oral mucas this week than usual. Then last night suddenly started getting hoarse for no known reason.  By this morning I had severe laryngitis.  Since I do volunteer work with senior citizens, I went to the local Urgent Care Center to find our it I had caught a virus, etc. that could be contagious.  The PA saw no inflammation in my ears, nose, or mouth; tested me for Strep Throat and it was negative.  He said I was not contagious, that it could be related to the high Red Cedar allergins in the area recently and that the Laryngitis could have been caused by that. Note:  When I was previously tested for allergies due to chronic hives, the tests revealed NO allergies at all.
     I've never had allergic reactions causing my previous bouts with Laryngitis.  They had all been caused by a virus or infection, plus teaching school, or cheering too loudly at a ball game.
     Since I have SLE Lupus, that can attack any part of your body with inflammation, I just wondered if it could have been triggered by my Lupus?  Or, could it be caused by my CPAP for Sleep Apnea, even though I have had the CPAP for years and have never seen the link between CPAP and Laryngitis? 
      Today's PA gave me a steroid shot and had me get Sudafed to take.  The excess mucas has decreased but I still have no voice other than a whisper.
       Any Lupus patients ever had anything like this?

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   Posted 3/9/2013 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
It could be...
If you have GERD it can also affect your voice box. I used to get it bad and couldn't speak for weeks. After I had my GERD fixed I've been fine.

What's the pressure on your Cpap?
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   Posted 3/10/2013 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   

I recently had two bouts of laryngitis and it was caused from inflammation of my thyroid and surrounding tissues. I had all the symptoms of thyroid problems, but my numbers came out normal (of course this was after two weeks of high steroid treatment). It still took several weeks for everything to calm down.

Just something to think about. I had severe pain in the bottom of my throat and had difficulty swallowing an such. If you are still having issues, or this is a chronic thing, a trip to an ENT might be a good idea.

Take care!

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